Sommers, Robert Emil, LT

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Last Rank
Lieutenant
Last Primary NEC
612X-Limited Duty Officer - Operations - Surface
Last Rating/NEC Group
Limited Duty Officer
Primary Unit
1900-1907, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
Service Years
1854 - 1907
Lieutenant
Lieutenant

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Home Country
Germany
Germany
Year of Birth
1837
 
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Home Town
MAGDEBURG
Last Address
Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, Maryland

Date of Passing
Dec 01, 1919
 
Location of Interment
United States Naval Academy Cemetery - Annapolis, Maryland
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TBD

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Sommers volunteered for service in the U.S. Navy and was assigned to the Union sloop-of-war USS Ticonderoga (1862). His enlistment is credited to the state of New York.

On January 15, 1865, the North Carolina Confederate stronghold of Fort Fisher was taken by a combined Union storming party of sailors, marines, and soldiers under the command of Admiral David Dixon Porter and General Alfred Terry.

Medal of Honor Citation:

For The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Chief Quartermaster Robert Sommers, United States Navy- 

"for extraordinary heroism in action while serving on board the U.S.S. TICONDEROGA in the attacks on Fort Fisher, North Carolina, 13 to 15 January 1865. The ship took position in the line of battle and maintained a well-directed fire upon the batteries to the left of the palisades during the initial phase of the engagement. Although several of the enemy's shots fell over and around the vessel, the TICONDEROGA fought her guns gallantly throughout three consecutive days of battle until the flag was planted on one of the strongest fortifications possessed by the rebels."

General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 59 (June 22, 1865)

Action Date: January 15, 1865

Service: Navy

Rank: Chief Quartermaster

Division: U.S.S. Ticonderoga

   
Other Comments:

I HAVE BEEN TOLD THAT THERE MAY BE FAMILY TIES INVOLVED AS MY FAMILY ON MY FATHERS SIDE IS FROM THE OLD COUNTRY AND IS SPREAD THROUGH OUT WALES, IRELAND (COUNTY CORK) AND GERMANY.  I HAVE FOUND NOTHING THAT WOULD MAKE THIS FACTUAL.  WHATEVER THE CASE HE SERVED THE UNITED STATES NAVY, GRANDLY AND WITH HONOR.  WE ARE PROUD THAT HE CARRIED THE NAME SUMMERS.  OUR FAMILY HAS SEEN SERVICE IN ALL WARS TO DATE.
Stanley K. Summers
   
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 Duty Stations/ Advancement Schools
US NavyUS Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)Mare Island Naval Shipyard
  1862-1865, USS Ticonderoga (1863) - (screw sloop-of-war)
  1866-1868, USS Sabine (1855)
  1869-1869, USS Portsmouth (1843) Sloop of War
  1869-1869, USS Saratoga (1842) Sloop of war
  1870-1870, USS Dictator
  1870-1870, USS America (1862) Yacht
  1870-1873, U.S. Naval Reserve Midshipmen's School, Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland
  1874-1878, 00-0000, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1878-1885, 00-0000, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1885-1886, 00-0000, USS Swatara (screw sloop)
  1886-1888, 00-0000, USS Galena (1862) Screw Steamer
  1888-1895, 00-0000, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1895-1898, 00-0000, USS Mohican (sloop of war)
  1895-1898, 00-0000, USS Marion
  1897-1897, 00-0000, USS Mohican (sloop of war)
  1898-1898, 00-0000, Mare Island Naval Shipyard
  1899-1899, 00-0000, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1900-1907, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1861-1865 Civil War1
  1861-1862 Civil War/Blockade of Galveston Harbor
  1861-1865 Civil War/Blockade of Charleston Harbor
  1865-1865 Civil War/Capture of Fort Fisher
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